Orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and improve bite problems is commonly done for teens but can often be indicated for younger children and even adults. At our clinic, we highly recommend Orthodontic Braces as an effective intervention. We believe children should have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7, regardless of how many teeth have erupted. Implementing Orthodontic Braces early can safeguard a child’s smile and circumvent additional dental issues down the road.

Reasons to Choose Orthodontic Braces

  • Tooth crowding

  • Significant spaces or gaps between teeth

  • Crossbite

  • Underbite or overbite

  • Management of missing teeth

  • Narrow palate or airway concerns

  • Improve tooth alignment and function

Orthodontic Braces on a child in West Des Moines

Metal Braces

These are the most common form of braces. They are highly efficient at correcting complex bites and severely crooked teeth.

Braces are orthodontic appliances made of small brackets that are semi-permanently bonded to your teeth and a thin wire connecting them. The wire applies gentle but constant pressure to the brackets to gradually guide teeth into straighter positions. For optimal results, orthodontic braces are designed to move teeth and their roots at just the right place to avoid damaging the surrounding jawbone structure and tissues. This allows these structures to reform around your teeth roots in their new, straighter positions and successfully support them.

Clear Aligners

If you need to straighten crooked teeth but prefer a more discreet option to traditional metal braces, then you may be a good candidate for SureSmile clear aligners. SureSmile aligners are designed using advanced digital imaging technology, which helps ensure highly accurate measurements and precise treatment results in a faster and more streamlined manner. Because the treatment doesn’t rely on brackets and wires, straightening your teeth is a more comfortable and convenient process with clear aligners than it typically is with metal braces.

Orthodontic Braces on a patient in West Des Moines

Advantages to SureSmile Clear Aligners

  • Clear in color and esthetic

  • No metal

  • Removable

  • Easy to brush and floss

  • Comfortable movement

On average, orthodontic treatment can take up to 18-24 months, depending on the extent of your tooth misalignment.

Call us to schedule a consultation if you are concerned about your bite or crooked teeth.

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